Media Release
Minister of Education Donald Grant
Western Cape

19 January, 2012

WCED offers free tuition to matric supplementary exam candidates

Statement by Minister Donald Grant, Minister of Education, Western Cape

In order to assist learners to pass their supplementary examinations, the Western Cape Education Department is offering free tuition to matric candidates who qualified to write supplementary exams following the 2011 matric exams.

A total of 5 850 candidates have qualified for the 2011/2012 supplementary exams. Candidates wishing to write these examinations have up until 24 January to register. Those candidates who register will write their supplementary exams in February and March.

The tuition programme includes broadcasting revision lessons via satellite to 145 schools across the province using the province's Telematics system.

The WCED and Stellenbosch University set up the system originally to provide extra tuition for matric candidates in the Western Cape.

Expert teachers will provide quality lessons via satellite to candidates who have registered to write the supplementary exams.

The revision lessons will cover seven core subjects - namely Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Accounting, Geography, Life Sciences, English FAL and Afrikaans HL.

The tuition programme will start on 7 February 2012 and end on 8 March 2012.

Candidates who wish to register for these lessons can do so by contacting any of the 145 schools offering the programme. Candidates who arrive unregistered on the day will also be welcomed. However, candidates are encouraged to register in advance for planning purposes.

The supplementary exams start on 9 February 2012 with Computer Applications Technology and will end on 22 March 2012 with Mechanical Technology.

Candidates qualify to write the supplementary exams if they failed no more than two subjects. They can also apply if they missed exams for medical reasons or need higher marks for university study.

Candidates can obtain further details on the tuition programme on the WCED website at

Candidates who do not have access to any of the 145 schools can purchase support lessons on DVDs at a nominal price from the WCED.

I encourage as many of our candidates who qualify to write the supplementary examinations as possible to register for those examinations and to take advantage of the tuition opportunities available to them. It is a great revision exercise and allows them to address some of their weaknesses in the previous exam.

To view the revision support programme for the NSC Supplementary Examination click here.

For enquiries, contact Bronagh Casey:  072 724 1422 or

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